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The Fallout: What Next for LeBron James?

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Mickael Pietrus #20 of the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
william beovichContributor IMay 31, 2009

So the Cleveland LeBrons have been eliminated from the playoffs, so now the big question on everyone's mind is what next for King James.

With one year still remaining on his contract, there is no question that the Cavs will try and extend his deal way past 2010.

But before that question is asked, how come this one is not being asked by everyone? What should be made of LeBron James being a sore loser last night?

LeBron James has had no problem talking to the media after great wins and in preparation for the next round.

But he lost, it happens to every great player, and before LeBron James can be considered one of the best of all time, he must learn how to handle defeat.

I understand he was crushed after playing his heart out for six games, and single-handedly being the reason this series even went to six games.

Even still, he must not just get dressed, put his headphones on, and go on the bus. He has a job as the face of the franchise to speak to the media.

After hearing that LeBron failed to talk to the media, it led me to believe two things.

One is that he still has a lot of growing up to do. Win or lose, the star player of a team talks to the media. That is how it is in sports.

When the Yankees blew a 3-0 lead their arch rival Red Sox in 2004, Derek Jeter talked to the media, no matter how dejected he was, he knew he had a responsibility as the face of a franchise.

LeBron knows what he did was wrong and that he should have talked to the media, but he can't go back now and this proves something to me that again...he still has growing up to do.

The second thing this showed me, was that he is considering leaving Cleveland after the 2010 season. If the Cavaliers fail to win the championship next year, I don't see LeBron sticking around too long after that.

I feel that if he had talked to the media he would have said something about how he can't do it himself or along those lines.

Whatever he would have said probably would have came out like "if I don't get the help I need to win a championship next year...I'm out."

I don't blame him, if this is his thinking. This man single-handedly made the Cavs the best team in the regular season and did as much as he could to get them into the championship.

The Cavaliers better find someone to be a true wingman for LeBron, or else the only time there going to sell out their arena.... is when LeBron comes back wearing the blue of the New York Knicks.

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